Does Baltimore City have more judges than it needs?
The I-Team has learned that an internal audit is underway to answer that question. It follows a dramatic drop in caseloads over the past decade.
Baltimore's district courts can be pretty quiet places, some days with no need for all courtrooms on some days to even be open. The caseload has dropped that much.
There are 28 judges assigned to Baltimore's district courts. The internal audit by the state's top court officials is to answer how many are really needed to handle the current caseload.
Here's what's happened: In 2005, the city's district's courts handled an average of 6,528 criminal cases each month. Now, they handle an average of 2,252 criminal cases per month -- a drop of 66 percent.